Iconic sculpture for Milton Keynes gets a Roar-some makeover
The Parks Trust has officially unveiled the stunning new design that now graces Milton Keynes’ much-loved Triceratops at Peartree Bridge.
Earlier this year, the charity launched a competition to find a budding local designer who could create a new ‘skin’ for the 8.7m long dinosaur sculpture which was in need of restoration.
With its bright colours and floral features, a design by 5 year old Freya Bundy from Peartree Bridge really caught the eye of the expert judges who declared it the winner and commissioned art technicians Aaron Head and Emma Wilde to bring it to life.
Triceratops is one of dozens of pieces of public art cared for by The Parks Trust. It was created in 1979 by Bill Billings, a truck driver who learned to sculpt with wire mesh and concrete when he volunteered on a community art project to create the Concrete Cows. As it stands outdoors in all weathers, Triceratops needs to be repainted from time to time and its various incarnations over the years are always a local talking point.
Commenting on the new design, Julie Dawes, Events & Community Engagement Manager at The Parks Trust, said, “All schools and community groups close to Peartree Bridge were invited to take part in our design competition and we were thrilled to see so many brilliant entries. Our judges chose Freya’s submission because it blended natural features such as flowers with bold colours that would brighten the day of passers-by! The final result looks amazing, and we are grateful to everyone involved in the project, especially Freya who has rightfully earned her place in local history today!”
To see a time lapse video of the restoration work, click here.
You can find more information about public art in the parks of Milton Keynes at theparkstrust.com/publicart